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View Poll Results: Cicadas:
Fun 12 30.77%
Scary 5 12.82%
Annoying 17 43.59%
Tasty 9 23.08%
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Old 03-16-2004, 02:17 PM   #1
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They're a-coming!

On or about May 2004, Brood X of the 17-year periodical cicadas will emerge. If you are in this area, you will soon be swarmed.

I was a wee lad the last time this happened, and I remember the shells covering the trees and telephone poles, and the incredible sound. But most of all, I remember trying to walk to school without squishing them all.
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Old 03-16-2004, 02:27 PM   #2
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Re: They're a-coming!

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Originally posted by Happy Monkey
On or about May 2004, Brood X of the 17-year periodical cicadas will emerge. If you are in this area, you will soon be swarmed.

I was a wee lad the last time this happened, and I remember the shells covering the trees and telephone poles, and the incredible sound. But most of all, I remember trying to walk to school without squishing them all.
Dear god: I was just graduating HS when this...event happened, and graduation day was certainly interesting. *cringe* I recall when one of those damn things was on the inside of my shirt. What happened was that some friends and I were bowling one night. After we finished up, we walked across the street to a 7-11 to wait for a ride home. I was leaning up against a trash can, and was wearing a long shirt. I suddenly felt a movement under my shirt, I looked inside, and I saw that...that thing! I screamed bloody murder, and shook my shirt away from my body to shake the cicada off (and thank GOD it was crawling up the shirt side and not actually on my skin, or else I would have died! lol).

I'm on the UMMZ site...I thought that these cicadas were blind, but I don't see anything written about that.

Not looking forward to seeing them again, especially not living here in PA, where I hear it's really bad.

*feeling her bugphobia going up many notches...*
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Old 03-16-2004, 02:40 PM   #3
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I don't think they're blind, they're just not particularly agile, so they bump into stuff alot. Unlike most flying insects, they only fly for a few weeks every 17 years, and they do so in such numbers that predators don't make a dent. So agility wasn't a particularly important survival trait.
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Old 03-16-2004, 03:01 PM   #4
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Ewwww... Ewwwww... I hate bugs....
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Old 03-16-2004, 03:41 PM   #5
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I bet that would be a fun time to test out a flamethrower.
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Old 03-16-2004, 03:44 PM   #6
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You forgot smelly.
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Old 03-16-2004, 04:02 PM   #7
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Alas, my olfactory memory doesn't seem to reach back 17 years. I don't remember the odor.
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Old 03-16-2004, 11:04 PM   #8
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I voted for "tasty". I don't know what they taste like, but they must be pretty yummy because my cats bring about a dozen per year into the house.
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Old 03-17-2004, 12:33 AM   #9
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At work we have been known to take various insect carcasses (including cicaidas), tie black threads to them, and wave them at certain bug-senstive female crisis workers in an attempt to torture them.

If we are going to end up with a lot of them, I may have to discuss having one of the tall guys climb up and tape the threads to the ceiling fan, so they can whirl around.

It will be just like they were actually alive and swarming again.

Yes, I will take pictures if I make this happen.
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Old 03-17-2004, 08:32 AM   #10
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St. Louis had two or three varieties up and at 'em a couple of years ago. There were so many that there were piles of them under trees. You had to shovel them up an pitch them. Let me tell you they made an awful stink when they died.
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Old 03-17-2004, 10:21 AM   #11
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Cool Well...

Philadelphia is in that area, but nobody, I mean NOBODY, not even the periodical cicaidas can take then territory away from a good old fashioned, pollution fed, garbage nurtured cockroach!

I think we'll see very few of them in the city!
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Old 03-17-2004, 10:24 AM   #12
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I suspect it depends on how much exposed soil there is in the area. DC has tons. I don't know about Philly.
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Old 03-17-2004, 10:41 AM   #13
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Just checked your link... I really could have lived without the recipies...





BLECHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!
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Old 03-17-2004, 10:50 AM   #14
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Well...

I don't personally fed the little bastards! Yet that is how they get so big I think....My personal staisfaction is from wasting the little bastards, if I'm fast enough that is....Later!
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Old 03-17-2004, 11:39 AM   #15
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Mmm.. Cicadas and Diet Rite cola!
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